Category Archives: Otago

Ponds – Fishing Challenging Small Waters in the Otago Lakes District

Ponds with Monty Wright

Pondering Ponds with Monty Wright Monty with a 2.5kg jack from the pond behind, Central Otago. Fishing ponds are challenging but can be rewarding for the adventurous fly angler. In most of my articles I generally tell anglers exactly where I catch my fish, but on this occasion, it shall remain a mystery. Only those who can work out the hills in the More...

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Brent Marshall with an 11.6lb sea-sea-run brown trout from the Taieri River, south of Dunedin. Sea-run trout.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, October 27th, 2017
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Sea-run Trout in the Shag, Clutha, Toko and Taieri Rivers

Sea-run Trout in the Taieri River by Brad Martin Brent Marshall with an 11.6lb sea-sea-run brown trout from the Taieri River, just south of Dunedin. The birds were singing their song, our feet were damp from the More...

Harling with a fly rod by Monty Wright.
By Allan Burgess On Monday, May 22nd, 2017
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Fly Rod Harling – A useful fishing method and a lot of fun with Monty Wright

Fly Rod Harling on Lake Hawea – Harling is trolling on lakes for trout and landlocked salmon with flies  With Monty Wright Evan Taylor and Monty Wright with Evan’s nice rainbow taken while harling More...

Monty Wright with the first trout of the day at Paddock Bay. Photo Selwyn Shanks.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, April 28th, 2017
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Fishing Paddock at Paddock Bay, Lake Wanaka, Otago

Fishing Paddock at Paddock Bay By Monty Wright Flood water at Paddock Bay, Lake Wanaka, Otago. As l rolled over in the sleeping bag I noticed something was different. There was no rain falling on the iron roof of More...

Ron Sim of Oamaru with an 11 lb brown trout he caught in Lake Wanaka at Fisherman's Bend. Ron caught it on a black Toby. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Saturday, April 22nd, 2017
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Oamaru and Otago Fishing Memories by Ron Sim – Wanaka, Haast and the old Chev V8

Oamaru and Otago Fishing Memories by Ron Sim Ron Sim of Oamaru with an 11 lb brown trout he caught in Lake Wanaka at Fisherman’s Bend. Ron caught it on a black Toby. Ron Sim Oamaru’s local chiropractor More...

Jack Chandra (yellow coat) and helper mix eggs and water as they move down the planting fork. Taieri River Salmon. Photo Monty Wright. Featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Friday, April 21st, 2017
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History of the Taieri River Salmon by Monty Wright

Looking Back – Taieri River, Otago, Salmon Enhancement Efforts by Monty Wright Jack Chandra (orange coat) and helper mix eggs and water as they move down the planting fork. Taieri River Salmon. Photo Monty More...

Southern end of Lake Hawea - featured image.
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
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Lake Hawea – Large deep lake containing rainbow trout, brown trout and salmon

Lake Hawea, Rainbows, Browns and Salmon Lake Hawea from near the Neck looking across towards Kidds Bush. At 35 miles long and covering some 124 km² Hawea is a big lake. The maximum width is 8km. Lake Hawea is 345m More...

Otago harbour salmon Fishing Contest Winning Fish.
By Allan Burgess On Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
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Otago Harbour Salmon Fishing in the Heart of Dunedin

Otago Harbour Salmon How to catch salmon in Otago Harbour In 1985, I.C.I. Watties, a New Zealand food manufacturing company specializing in canning released thousands of quinnat salmon smolt into a river near Dunedin. More...

Moeraki lighthouse
By Allan Burgess On Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
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Salmon fishing at Moeraki lighthouse, North Otago

Moeraki Salmon are caught below the lighthouse at Moeraki both from boats and by shore-based anglers fishing from the rocks. For reasons that are not at all clear salmon seem to come very close to the rocky shoreline More...